Year: 2017

The Hiller Companies Launches Teekay Emergency Repair Kit

The Hiller Companies, the exclusive distributor of Teekay Couplings in the United Sates, is excited to officially launch sales of our Teekay Emergency Repair Kits. The kit provides customers with a quick and easy way to repair pipes while staying on task and minimizing interruption while underway.

One of the most important goals when working in the oil/gas and marine industries is to avoid downtime.  Being taken off mission due to broken or damaged pipes can derail your work, cost thousands of dollars and add frustration to your crew’s morale.

“A boat that is tied up isn’t making any money. Loss of time is huge,” Marc Schwartz, Manager of Maintenance and Engineering for Tidewater Barge Lines, said. “I keep a stock of 3-4 kits and order several times a year.”

Teekay Emergency Repair Kits provide customized repair couplings of various sizes in addition to all necessary tools needed to install them on the spot. The repair couplings can act as a permanent fix or a temporary solution until a vessel is able to get back to the shipyard.

Repair couplings offer a permanent solution when pipes need to be cut and reassembled. Hinged couplings offer a temporary fix when pipes spring a leak and a ship is still underway.

“These kits allow you to do a field repair that keeps equipment operational,” Schwartz said. “You don’t have to yard out equipment, you don’t need welders, you don’t need a couple of guys on fire watch. It’s convenient. Anytime you can open the box and everything you need is in there, it’s great. It’s like going to Ikea.”

Jorda Elliot, Hiller Marine Products Manager, said the idea for the Emergency Repair Kit sprang from necessity.

“We were selling the couplings as parts and pieces when one of the icebreakers working in the arctic needed several sizes of couplings, we got the idea for the customized kits” he said. “We think it is a great option for vessels whose missions could be crippled by a leaking or burst pipe.”

The kit allows repairs to be conducted on site by anyone on the ship. Work is uninterrupted and unnecessary trips to the shipyard are avoided. Without the repair kit, welders and pipefitters would be needed to install and repair leaks. This could lead to lost time and money.

Each kit is custom designed to provide the size and number of couplings specific to each vessel. Everything from the tools, the couplings, and the cases are customized for specific requirements. Cases range from camera size to ice chest size.

“Because I have a fleet of inland tugs, we have our own maintenance facility, but if I were back out on ocean-going tugs and vessels, I would have a kit on every boat,” Schwartz said.

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

To whom it may concern:

As you may have heard, one of our suppliers, Kidde, has recalled their fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall on November 2, 2017 noting the following: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Rest assured that The Hiller Companies does not currently distribute this fire extinguisher and we continue to take precautionary measures with all of our products to ensure they perform effectively in fire emergencies.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know is in possession of one of the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers, we encourage you to visit the CPSC website for additional details:

We would also like to take this opportunity to share some important reminders about the use and maintenance of fire extinguishers from the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association. Please click here for more information:

Should you determine that you are indeed in possession of one of the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers, please do not hesitate to contact your Hiller representative or call us at 844-41-HILLER.


Patrick Lynch, President/ CEO
The Hiller Companies, Inc.

The Hiller Companies Announces the Purchase of the Ebacher Company Sprinkler Division

The Hiller Companies is excited to announce the purchase of the Sprinkler Division of the Amesbury, Massachusetts-based Ebacher Company, which was welcomed into the Hiller family on October 3, 2017.

“Hiller is fortunate to be experiencing a significant growth period, and we are very pleased to expand our offerings through the knowledge and experience provided by the highly capable and customer-focused employees at the Ebacher Company,” Hiller President Patrick Lynch said. “With Ebacher’s 40 years in the business, Hiller looks forward to being able to expand our services in the fire sprinkler sector by building on the outstanding reputation they have earned in the New England market.”

The Ebacher Company has served residential, commercial, government and school clients. The Sprinkler Division will remain under the Ebacher Fire Protection brand for now and continue to service new and existing customers backed by the strong support and experience of The Hiller Companies.

The acquisition of the Sprinkler Division of Ebacher allows Hiller to expand coverage and provide a broader range of services to all customers. As Hiller plans to maintain all of Ebacher’s management, staff and technicians from the Sprinkler Division, this transition will continue the dependable and professional services their customers have come to expect.

“We couldn’t be happier about our place on the Hiller team,” Kevin Palmer, Fire Sprinkler Systems Manager said. “We believe our sprinkler group will be a great asset to Hiller and, in turn, Hiller will offer our existing customers a strong foundation of experience steeped in almost 100 years in the fire protection industry.”

Hiller New England General Manager Jeffrey Kidd looks forward to working with Ebacher and its existing customers to ensure a seamless transition.

“The Ebacher Company’s sprinkler customers will see a continuation of the high-quality service and protection they have historically experienced,” Kidd said. “They will see the same faces and names and continue the valuable relationships they have built with the management and staff at Ebacher.”

The Hiller Companies Acquires Advanced Safety Systems, Inc.

The Hiller Companies is excited to announce that Advanced Safety Systems, Inc. (A.S.S.I.), headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, will be joining its team. The Hiller Companies offers fire protection and security products and services that are preserving lives and property all around the world. Hiller, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, has branch offices from California to Boston and purchased A.S.S.I. on May 1, 2017.

Hiller prides itself on a strong foundation of experience steeped in almost 100 years in the fire protection industry coupled with the most modern service technology. By combining Hiller’s experience with the expertise of A.S.S.I., Hiller is looking forward to adding A.S.S.I. as a second branch in the New England area.

“With over 50 years in the fire protection industry, A.S.S.I. has a proven track-record of innovation, reliability and solutions-based service,” Hiller CEO Patrick Lynch said. “We are looking forward to joining their experience and talents with Hiller’s offerings and services so that we are able to serve more customers in the New England region and beyond.”

Included in A.S.S.I.’s full array of fire protection offerings are unique fire protection solutions to protect works of art and historical iconography as well as fast-acting fire detection and suppression solutions to protect critical assets in education, healthcare, and industrial facilities as well as telecommunications and data centers.  A.S.S.I. has offices in Peabody, Massachusetts and in the Hartford, Connecticut area.

“We are very excited to become a part of The Hiller Companies and to bring the experience and knowledge we have gained in this industry to such a well-respected company,” A.S.S.I. President and CEO Bill MacKay said. “We believe this will be a great fit for everyone, and we look forward to combining forces with Hiller’s global market and to expanding our quality services to new and existing customers in New England.”

Hiller Announces Corporate Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Hiller President Patrick Lynch meets his Little Brother Jayden for the first time.

Employees at The Hiller Companies, from executives to administrative staff, are gearing up to be “Bigs” as Hiller forges its corporate partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“We couldn’t be more excited to launch our relationship with the Big Brother Big Sister program,” Senior Vice President John Cocke said. “We, at Hiller, value our relationships with our communities, and this is a perfect way for us to get involved on both a personal and corporate level.  We are encouraging the employees at all of our offices to get involved. With 17 branches across the country, I think we can really make a difference.”

This past fall, Hiller invited Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Alabama, Inc. CEO and President Aimee Risser to a general managers meeting in Mobile to present the corporate program and host a question and answer session.

“This was the first time we have been invited to a meeting where general managers from across a company were present,” Risser said. “This is not a typical Big partner of ours, so it’s unique.  There is no mold for a company; it is the right people in leadership at the right time.  We can adjust the program to fit any industry.”

Risser said ten local Hiller Bigs are completing the enrollment process right now and several others are inquiring about it.

“That is the beauty of this program,” Risser said. “It is ongoing and never ending.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters offers two types of mentoring programs: community-based and school-based.  The community-based mentoring is the traditional Big Brother Big Sister relationship.  It serves children ages six to twelve and fosters one-on-one time spent with the volunteer doing things they enjoy in the community.

School-based mentoring is one-on-one mentoring with children who enroll between the ages of six to twelve. Mentoring support is provided until the Littles turn 18 or graduate high school. Bigs meet their Littles on school grounds during school hours for one hour each week during the academic year and keep in touch during the summer. There are currently 31 schools in Baldwin, Escambia, Mobile and Monroe counties who participate in the school-based program.

Hiller will participate in school-based mentoring, but Bigs will have the option to transition into a community-based relationship on a case-by-case basis.

Hiller President and CEO Patrick Lynch has participated in the community-based program before and is looking forward to seeing the difference Hiller can make in the lives of young people.

“Being a part of this program has changed my life,” Lynch said. “You get as much or more from the kids than they get from you.  I can’t wait to see how our employees not only impact these kids, but how the experience impacts our employees.  It is a great, mutually beneficial relationship.”

Hiller’s Pensacola General Manager Pete Whitehouse has been working diligently to get his office on board with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“This partnership is positive for the company as a whole and for my branch,” Whitehouse said. “I believe it is something we can become invested in so that we are an impactful part of the community.  Building relationships is part of what we do in our work, and it should definitely be a part of what we do to give back.”

Risser pointed out just how much a company like Hiller can make a difference in the lives of their Littles.  National research shows that positive relationships between a Little and their Big has measurable impact when they are matched for at least a year:

  • 94% of Littles are more confident they will finish school
  • 96% of Littles felt socially accepted by their peers
  • 95% of Littles avoided risky behaviors
  • 94% of Littles improved academically

“We are so thrilled to have Hiller on our team,” Risser said. “At the heart of this, they have a willingness to positively impact our youth, and that is what makes our program work.  Hiller will be the first company we have worked with to successfully take Big Brothers Big Sisters into other markets with a company-wide campaign.”

“For a company to encourage its employees to take an hour each week of company time and mentor children is amazing,” Front Desk Receptionist Ruth Crawford, said. “It is gratifying to think I can make a difference in a child’s life. Knowing Hiller wants and encourages its employees to become Bigs makes me proud to be on their team.”


The Hiller Companies Announces Acquisition of American Fire Equipment Sales and Service Corporation

Mobile, AL – The Hiller Companies is pleased to announce that American Fire Equipment Sales and Service Corporation will be joining its team. The Hiller Companies offers fire protection and security products and services that are preserving lives and property all around the world. Hiller, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, has branch offices from Houston to Boston and purchased American Fire on January 3, 2017.

Hiller prides itself on a strong foundation of experience steeped in almost 100 years in the fire protection industry coupled with the most modern service technology. By combining Hiller’s experience with the expertise of American Fire, Hiller is looking forward to expanding their service area in the western United States throughout Arizona, Utah, Nevada and surrounding areas.

“American Fire has been a leader in the Fire Protection Industry for 25 years”, Hiller Companies CEO Patrick Lynch said. “As a veteran-owned business, we respect the ideals and integrity on which American Fire was founded. We welcome the American Fire employees to the Hiller team and look forward to leveraging the strengths of these two premier organizations to deliver even more value for our customers.”

American Fire serves customers in Phoenix, Yuma, Tucson, Show-Low, Pinetop and Lakeside, Arizona as well as in Reno, Nevada, Price Utah and surrounding areas.  With a focus on mining, telecommunication, power generation, data centers and the health care industry, American Fire serves clients such as Go Daddy, Banner Hospitals, and Verizon.

“We are very confident that Hiller will continue the tradition of excellence we are known for in the fire protection industry,” former owner Ann Papuga said. “Hiller’s breadth of experience will usher in a new era for our customers by expanding available resources and offerings.”

John Papuga, former owner of American Fire, will continue as General Manager under Hiller’s ownership.

“The team at American Fire has committed themselves not only to quality products and services but also to a progressive perspective in fire protection,” John Papuga said. “We have worked to create an environmentally friendly, sustainable company.  We know Hiller shares that goal, and we look forward to continuing to implement green solutions for the company and our customers. This is a really great time to be on the Hiller team, and we look forward to continued growth and expansion.”


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